Community and Corporate Ed highlight January classes

INA, Ill. (Dec. 13, 2018) – Rend Lake College Community and Corporate Education has put together a varied offering of special interest classes that kick off in January.

Taxidermy is the first offering of the new year. Participants will learn the art of preserving, mounting, and displaying animal skins. They will get hands-on experience by mounting their own bird, deer or small animal. Supplies for first session include your species to mount (needs to be thawed) and scalpel or sharp knife. Added costs for other supplies will be determined by your selected project and will be discussed at first session. Please specify the type of species you plan on mounting at time of registration (fish are not recommended).

The class will be led by instructor Fred Lawrence and will run from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Thursday, Jan. 3 and running through Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Advanced Technology Center of the Ina campus, room 151. The cost of the class is $120, plus the cost of supplies.

If you would prefer painting a bird rather than stuffing one, then Fun With Acrylics is for you. Try your hand at painting while having fun. Not creative? Never painted before? That’s okay. No painting or drawing experience needed. Instructor Sharon Corn will guide you step-by-step to create your own masterpiece to take home. You will be painting with acrylics on a 16x20 stretched canvas. All supplies are provided.

The class is open to ages 10 and up. There will be five sessions of the class, each focusing on something different. The cost of the class is $15 per session plus a $10 supply fee per session.

Winter Bird

6 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, 1/8 at the Pinckneyville Murphy-Wall Campus, Room 101


6 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, 2/12 at Main Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 103

Spring Truck

6 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, 3/12 at Main Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 103


6 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, 4/9 at Main Campus, Learning Resource Center, Room 103


6 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, 5/14 at Christopher Grade School, Cafeteria

Or, you can learn the principles of building a safe street rod in Principles of Street Rodding. Whether you are a beginner or someone with experience looking for ideas, this is the class for you. A 1939 Chevy Coupe will be used for demonstration. Information covered in this class will include how to select the right project (what to look for and what to avoid), the paperwork involved from taxes to titles and certificates of origin, chassis and suspension options and selections, engine and transmission choices, selecting the right brakes and wheel/tire combinations. This class will also focus on the body of the car with hands-on instruction. During one portion of the class a demo from RideTech will be doing a demonstration of their suspension parts. Participants should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and should bring safety glasses and welding glasses or hood. This course is designed for those 16 years of age and older. (Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.) Register for one or both sections—each section will provide new hands-on experiences.

The class will be taught by Jody Martin and is $90 per section. The first session runs from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning on Jan. 29 and running until March 5. The second session will also be from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning on March 19 and running until April 23. Classes will take place in the Vocational Building on the Ina campus in room 125.

To register or learn more about the hobby classes, contact RLC’s Community and Corporate Education Division at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1714, or email .

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